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Hayes Green Beach empowers women to make their health a priority

Monday, May 15, 2017  
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National Women's Health Week kicks off this week

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital (HGB) has always made women’s health a priority, and now, the hospital is asking women to do the same. May is the month we celebrate spring flowers and new growth and most importantly, the endearing women and mothers in our lives.

In honor of National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) (May 14 – 20), HGB offers the following suggestions for steps all women can take, no matter their age, to achieve greater physical and mental health:

  • Schedule an annual well-woman visit. In addition to your regular checkup, have your doctor or nurse conduct preventive screenings such as blood pressure, bone density and breast health. Your well-woman visit is a chance to focus on your overall health and wellness with the goal of documenting your health habits and history, getting a physical exam and setting health goals.
  • Get active. An active lifestyle can help lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and more. If you haven’t been physically active for a while, start slow. The key is to get moving. It can be as simple as going for a walk or tending your garden. Or if you’re more fit, try a Zumba class, take a bike ride or go for a swim. Ask your doctor for help in setting up a physical activity plan that's right for you.
  • Eat healthy. The sheer volume of information out there about what to eat and what not to eat can be confusing. To help you choose foods wisely, AL!VE, HGB's experience-based health park, offers healthy eating demonstrations and workshops. Also, you’ll find lots of helpful tools on NWHW’s website like healthy eating plans, reading nutrition facts labels on packages and a nutrient database for foods that don't come in packages.
  • Pay attention to mental health. Start by getting enough sleep and managing stress. If you’re not getting enough rest, here’s a few suggestions: try going to bed and waking up at the same time, avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, or eat on a regular schedule and avoid eating a heavy meal just before bed. You may wish to consult your doctor if you continue having difficulty sleeping.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors. Activities such as smoking, texting while driving and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet can derail you from the path to better health.

HGB and AL!VE offer personalized services to meet every woman’s needs including clinical services, screenings and spa services. Experiences include:

  • The most advanced technology for mammograms
  • Medical spa services, including massages and facials
  • Classes and programs for women only
  • Educational opportunities
  • Group events and activities
  • Nurse consultation and health risk assessments
  • Health screenings, including bone density and breast health
  • Biofeedback program for urinary incontinence

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital in Charlotte, Mich., has been the community’s choice for health care for more than 80 years and is committed to providing quality care and enhancing the vitality of the community. Visit hgbhealth.com to learn why trusted relationships, strong capabilities and high-caliber physicians bring us together in health.

AL!VE, an experience-based destination health park, provides inspiration and support for the greater Charlotte and mid-Michigan communities to transform, empower, and enhance their personal well-being. AL!VE is the result of Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital’s mission to provide quality care for patients and enhance the vitality of the community. For more information, visit myalive.com.

National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to encourage women to take steps to improve their health. The 18th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 14, and is celebrated through May 20, 2017. For more information, visit womenshealth.gov.

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